The NAACP & The White House: ‘Snoockered’ By Breitbart & Fox News
If you’ve been following the latest political news, you would know that Shirley Sherrod, a black USDA official from Georgia, was forced to resign a few days ago after ‘edited’ video surfaced on the web which purported to show that she had unfairly discriminated against a white farmer seeking assistance. When the full video was released we learned that not only did she help the farmer, she soul searched prior to doing so and learned a valuable life lesson in the process.
The farmer’s wife has since corroborated her statements and confirmed that she did the best she could for the couple, and her best resulted in their farm escaping foreclosure.
Before I address the meat of the story, a few things first. Can you imagine getting fired from a current job because of something you said 24 years ago while employed by another company? Assuming you said something halfway inappropriate, could you even fathom the long-term effects?
What the evidence in the video points to is the fact that Andrew Brietbart, the conservative blogger who broke the story, produced a heavily edited version of the video that did not show or tell the full story. Not even a little bit.
The white farmer’s wife, Eloise Spooner, defendsSherrod, saying she helped them save their farm.
Spooner, who considers Sherrod a “friend for life,” said the federal official worked tirelessly to help the Iron City couple hold onto their land as they faced bankruptcy back in 1986.
“Her husband told her, ‘You’re spending more time with the Spooners than you are with me,’ ” Spooner told the AJC. “She took probably two or three trips with us to Albany just to help us out.”
Ms. Sherrod worked with the man and his wife over a two-year period to help ward off foreclosure. She became life-long friends with the farmer and his wife. In an interview with CNN, 82-year-old Eloise Spooner called Sherrod a “friend for life.”
She told CNN that Sherrod “always treated us really good and got us all we could. She’s the one I give credit to with helping us save our farm.”
Although her initial thought process was discriminatory, Fox news and friends and Pres. Obama’s gutless administration failed to realize that she did not follow through, but instead recognized the destructive nature, before making a conscious effort to do the right thing.
Just imagine Senator Byrd being forced to resign from the US Senate as a direct result of his earlier Klan membership and Klan recruitment that he engaged in during his mid-twenties. He went on to become the third longest serving member of the US Senate. What about Strom Thurmond, the longest serving former US Senator, who despite later support of some civil rights initiatives, he never officially or unofficially renounced his previous racist-segregationist views, some of which were taken to the grave.
The list goes on in politics… Trent Lott’s, Harry Reid’s and Joe Biden’s racially insensitive remarks ring a racist bell for anyone else besides me?
Ms. Sherrod was able to overcome her prejudice, but what about them? The same goes for the rest of us.